Jared Carter was born September 20, 1986 in Fountain Valley, California and is the son of Jeff and Kathy Carter. The 7-2 center played for Kentucky from 2005-2009 and chose UK over North Carolina, Illinois and Georgia Tech. Carter was a first-team All-State selection in 2005 after guiding Scott County to a 27-4 record and the 32nd District title. He averaged 16.3 ppg and 9.8 rpg during his senior season. He also averaged 6.4 bpg and totaled a state-record 200 blocks in 2004-05. As a junior, helped the Cardinals to the Kentucky Sweet 16 semifinals, where they lost in overtime to defending state champion Mason County. When he signed with Kentucky in 2005, Jared Carter envisioned joining the school’s long Blue line of basketball heroes. “I thought I’d come in here and make a big impact,” he said on the eve of his final UK home game. “I thought I’d come and (pause) just play.” That never really happened. In this senior season, he never played more than five minutes in any game. He scored eight points to bring his career total to 38 (or the equivalent of Jodie Meeks on a good night). He never really developed into the player everyone had hoped he would become due mostly to numerous shoulder injured which hampered that development but he certainly was a fan favorite as a local product.